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Canvassing Notes – 3500 Block

June 20, 2016

Canvassed the 3500 block tonight.

About half the people weren’t home. Of those we talked to, a couple were neutral (They saw some benefit, but thought things need to be done differently – like 1 way street), 2 were pro greenway, and the rest (overwhelming majority) were anti. Many of the antis were VERY anti.

We collected a lot of signatures for the petition, and a bunch of signs will be going up soon. Also, a few people will be emailing statements for the website.

Overall, it was easy work – took two of us 2 hours to do the block. People (aside from one of the pro-greenway households) were all very nice!

Some highlights of conversation:

LOADS of issues with safety.

Multiple people mentioned the fire truck having tried to get through multiple times and failing.

Multiple people were concerned about it teaching kids to play in the street.

Multiple people expressed concern that people were congregating there from all over, people they hadn’t seen before. People coming up into their yards, etc.

Several comments about people in the street helping themselves to flowers from residents’ lawns.

A couple people mentioned that the increase in traffic/parking usage in the alley have left their cars blocked in on multiple occasions.

Two people mentioned their cars having a bunch of new dents since parking in the back alley.

One elderly cancer patient is unable to get picked up for her treatments by her front door, says access to the back is much more difficult. Described having to throw her walker over the fence to get a cab (?)

Several people mentioned kids hurting themselves on the hammocks, including one girl who caught her clothing on one while cycling. Apparently she fell face first into the pavement.

One resident is an Uber driver, is unable to pick up customers along the greenway route.

I encouraged the neutrals to email in with their comments. I think it’s important that the greenway council, city, etc see that even those who sort of support it would much prefer it was done differently.


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